Transgender and gender diverse (TGD) individuals face significant barriers to accessing health care. Recent introductions of regulatory policies at state and federal levels raise concerns over the politicization of gender-affirming health care, the risks of further restricting access to quality care, and the potential criminalization of healthcare professionals who care for TGD patients. The Endocrine Society and the Pediatric Endocrine Society have published several news articles and comments in the last couple of years supporting safe and effective gender-affirming interventions as outlined in the 2017 Endocrine Society's Clinical Practice Guidelines. The Endocrine Society Position Statement on Transgender Health also acknowledges the rapid expansion in understanding the biological underpinning of gender identity and the need for increased funding to help close gaps in knowledge about the optimal care of TGD individuals. This Policy Perspective affirms these principles in the context of pending and future legislation attempting to discriminate against TGD patients while also stressing the need for science and health care experts to inform health policies.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Biochemistry, medical